The Simplest, and Best (Biblical) Answer I Know

“After you have believed and confessed in your heart, Romans 10:9-10, the first thing that God asks you for is to receive and enjoy His many blessings. It is God’s healing Word that shows you His divine presence (and presents) as you come to know the love that He has placed in your heart and life. In order to understand and enjoy all God has given may take a little time and patience on our parts as God slowly and delicately begins revealing His true characteristics to the heart of our hearts. Truly a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world, to a child of God. These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me, this takes patience. So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from God’s Word, and our appreciation will grow as we learn to accept the grace of God in our lives. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know. Still, where is His Word? The Holy Scriptures (the Bible) is His Word, and in His Word we find healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17), so dig in and get you some!” ~LMJ~

The Crown of Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Timothy 4:7-8:
-7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
-8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Apostle Paul, knowing that his life was coming to an end, mentions three things that he was faithful to in his Christian life. He fought a good fight, he finished his course, and he kept the faith. As a result of these three things he literally fulfilled a fourth thing and that was; he loved the coming of Christ and he had great expectation for that glorious day.

Paul had great expectation knowing that he would receive the crown of righteousness. The same crown of righteousness will be given to all believers who love the appearing of Christ Jesus.

I Timothy 5:12 – Fight the good fight of faith {believing faith}, lay hold on eternal life {in your mind} whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed {confessed} a good profession {confession} before many witnesses.

We have received eternal life already, the good fight is knowing this in our hearts and being faithful to our calling by never allowing anyone to talk us out of believing in our eternal life that God has already freely given to us.

I John 5:11-12:
-11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
-12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Fighting the good fight is to daily walk with understanding that we have God in Christ in us, believing that we are more than conquerors through our steadfast believing and standing with God.

To finish the course is to daily walk with the love of God towards others and ourselves until the return of Christ Jesus.

To keep the faith is to walk with believing God’s healing Word, as well as helping the members of God’s household, our brothers and sisters in Christ to believe the Scriptures with us; this is confessing a good confession of salvation “before many witnesses.”

When these three things are incorporated into our daily adventures in this life we will without hesitation or fear look forward to Christ’s coming because we absolutely will be loving his appearing, and when Christ Jesus does appear we shall receive the crown of righteousness.

I Peter 1:7-9:
-7: That the trial of your faith {believing faith}, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
-8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing {in him}, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
-9: Receiving the end of your faith {believing faith}, even the salvation of your souls.

The word “receiving” literally means rewarding and restoring one to complete favor because the salvation of our souls is what brings us to heaven, where we may eternally enjoy the crown of righteousness.

Unbelievers also will be rewarded for their unbelief “and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness” (II Peter 2:13; also see the wages of sin vs. the gift God in Romans 6:17-23). But we who daily anticipate the return of Christ to the point that we love his return shall receive a much greater reward, and as it records in Hebrews 10:37: “for ye have need of patience {during these days when we have trials of our own personal believing faith}, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

The promise for the Christian believer who loves with great anticipation the return of Christ shall be the receiving of the crown of righteousness.

To be continued in The Crown of Rejoicing

Be Still, and Know That I Am God

“In Philippians 2:13 we read, For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. This is a learning process in patience as God enhances and strengthens the individual believer through faith moment by moment. In Psalms 46:10 we read, Be still, and know that I am God, in other words, Be still, and know the calm voice of inspiration that will assure your heart that God is real and present and that He indeed reveals secrets to His children, and faith, Christ’s perfecting faith (Hebrews 12:2) within is the great revealer in the human heart. This is the biblical meaning of Christian, Christ-in―YOU, Christ in you– Colossians 1:27, so we do not have to look too far to find him and his faith, as he is spiritually within!” ~LMJ~

The Perpetual Manuscript of Eternity and Its Fruit

“Folks so very often dispute and refute the words of life, never allowing the words in the perpetual manuscript of eternity to take root and spring to life in the fruitful ground of their hearts, But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit– Matthew 13:23. Oh what a blessing it is to really begin enjoying the fruitful Word of God that will produce eternal fruit that we may share not only with other believers, but with our heavenly Father, divine fruits such as love, joy, and peace. This is the reward that we have, as we are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience– Luke 8:15. To bring forth fruit with patience is to enjoy the benefits of the spiritual fruit for all eternity, because the Word of God liveth and abideth for ever- I Peter 1:23.” ~LMJ~

God Is Not Forgetful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that my wife needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

The word saint in the Bible means a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work His saints do in His name, which is to believe and then act on His Word. In Hebrews 6:10, God’s Word mentions our labor of love and please notice that this love has a direction toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints. When we serve another from the mindset that we are actually working for God, then the rewards will be pleasing to both God and the believer as Ephesians 6:8 promises, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.”

To minister is to help one another, and whenever we believers help another and we do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41:  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from both God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love, because God will indeed bless it.

Ye belong to Christ, is a wonderful concept as I Corinthians 6:20 witnesses, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The price paid for our eternal redemption was given for us through the offering of the life of Jesus Christ, and therefore we are God’s, as we now belong to Christ, and we are to him, his reward! Jesus “received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7); we are his firstfruits to God, and therefore, because of our Savior’s offering of himself, and his receiving us up to the glory of God — our God will never forget us — ever.

You see, Jesus is the golden thread who delivers us up to our heavenly Father. Jesus reveals to us the abundant life and blessings we can receive from our faithful Creator Who will never forget what Jesus did to redeem us back to God. Ephesians 5:20 teaches us to reciprocate these blessings we have received and that is by, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Simply learning to be thankful in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful key that helps open up the true treasures of life that God in Christ provides, such as giving to us the ability to experience heavenly joy, peace, love, and light.

Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

When we look for occasions to simply bless others for the sake of love, our Savior’s love for us, and we learn to be truly thankful for opportunities to be kind, good, and loving, and not just simply looking for and expecting the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love. The Apostle Paul gave thanks to God in his prayers in the name of the Lord Jesus at every opportunity as he remembered the labor of love that the believers served to one another.

Paul wrote that the loving labors of believers were always “in the sight of God,” because He watches over and remembers our endeavors to be a blessing to our fellow man, and returns blessings to the giver more abundantly.

We cannot out-give God, He encourages His children to bless and love others (this is how we give to Him), and He will not just remember, but He will send delightful rewards.

I Thessalonians 1:2-3:
-2: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
-3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Our God is so awesomely wonderful in what He chooses to remember or not remember. He will remember our helping fellow saints, our labor of love, and how we bless and reach out in love to others in our communities where we live (Galatians 6:10), but He promises, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). So if God will not remember our faults and shortcomings, why in the world do we so often dwell on them? Why do we allow sin consciousness to beat us down so often?

The true antidote to sin consciousness is to be a blessing to those whom we can inspire in Christ’s name, for this God remembers and He will not forget. So Praise the Lord!

So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God and to your Savior who paid the price of your redemption. Please remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), for our God will reward you richly because God Is Not Forgetful.

Psalms 37:3-6:
-3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
-4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desire of your heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment {justification} as the noonday.

“Sometimes we hold on to our possessions because we fear we might run out — life seems scarce. But when we believe that giving is the way to live, we will produce more in the future — life seems abundant.” ~John C. Maxwell~

“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” ~Walt Whitman~

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~Maya Angelou~

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao-Tzu~